Publisher: The Culture Story and artcommune gallery
Artist(s): Wong Keen
Author(s): Ma Peiyi, Lee Chor Lin
Publication Year: 2018
Dimensions: 297 x 260mm (closed); 297 x 520mm (open)
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Published in conjunction with the milestone exhibition Wong Keen: Flesh Matters at Artspace@Helutrans from 12 - 22 July 2018, this publication features essays and nearly 100 colour plates devoted to the New York-trained artist’s development of his acclaimed Flesh Series in the period of 2012 - 2018. Wong Keen first embarked on his visual discourse of flesh and meat during an artist residency in Beijing with Galerie Urs Meile in the summer of 2012. His dynamic exploration of the subject has since evolved into a brilliant chapter characterised by highly-stylised images of the burger, the butcher shop and the nude, which he wittingly dramatises through
various strategies and mediums. Wong Keen (b. 1942, Singapore) grew up in a Chinese literati environment and was already an acclaimed young painter when he left Singapore to study at the Art Students League of New York in 1961. He was the first Singaporean and among the earliest of Chinese artists to venture into the flourished post-war American art scene—then the most avant-garde art centre in the world. Having lived in the US for over fifty years, Wong Keen’s powerful embodiment of Chinese ink wash aesthetics and Western inventive approach towards form and colour has continued to characterise his dramatisation of flesh in form and philosophy in this latest series.